Snack Like a Southerner: Fireball Snickerdoodles

Ingredients:
2 cups butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
4 cups flour
1tbsp vanilla extract
1tbsp almond extract
1tbsp cinnamon
50mL Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

Preheat oven to 325.

Step One:
Melt/soften butter.

Step Two:
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, extracts, cinnamon, Fireball and butter. Mix well.

Step Three:
Shape into balls and place onto a cookie sheet.

Step Four:
Bake for 18 minutes.

Enjoy responsibly! 

Drinking Hacks

It's a new year and it's time for new habits. Here are some great drinking hacks to make booze fun, healthy and not break the bank. 

Healthy Hops

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing

Here are some healthier alcoholic options, or healthy twists on your favorite drinks to try:

Bombay Magic
(health)
Squeeze 1/2 lemon. Pour 1/2 shot glass of Cointreau, 1/4 shot glass of either tequila or vodka. Top it off with club soda. Use a mint leaf for garnishing.

Bloody Mary
(delish)
"Start with ¾ cup of no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice and add the juice of ½ lemon, a dash each of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, fresh ground pepper to taste, and 1 shot of vodka. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stick." (greatist)

Mojito
(glamour)
Combine a shot of rum, mint, limesoda water and 2tbsp simple syrup over ice. (You can buy low calorie simple sugar, just add 2tbsp sugar, or 2tbsp honey)

Fruity White Sangria
(health)
Slice up the fruit (pineapples, oranges, cherries, etc.) Pour a 12-oz. can mango juice, a 12-oz. can pineapple juice, 1 liter bottle of seltzer, 1 bottle white wine into a serving pitcher and add ice. Stir and refrigerate so the flavors blend.

Rum and Coke
(glamour)
Substitute regular Coke with Diet Coke or Coke Zero for a healthier take on a classic drink. Mix with your favorite rum

Seabreeze
(glamour)
Mix 4 oz. of grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 oz. of vodka over ice and garnish with a slice of orange

Spiked Strawberry
(health)
Combine 2 oz. strawberry vodka, 2 oz. light lemonade, splash of fresh lemon juice,  in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. Optional: For a more intense strawberry flavor, a splash of stained strawberry puree may be added.  

Vanilla Vodka and Diet Ginger Ale
(glamour)
1 shot of vanilla vodka mixed with diet ginger ale, garnish with lemon peel.

Skinny Arnold Palmer
(health)
Fill 1 glass with ice, pour 1 shot of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, fill glass with light lemonade, and garnish with lemon wedge

Slim Screwdriver
(health)
Fill a glass with ice, then add a shot of Stoli O or Skyy and a splash of orange juice. Fill the rest with diet 7-Up. Mix. Also can be garnished with a slice of orange

Best of the Beers

Here's a small list of the "healthiest" beer choices you can make the next time you're looking for something new to try:
Pacifico
Guinness Draught
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Samuel Adams Light Lager
Abita Purple Haze
Left Hand Good Juju
Yuengling Lager
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Deschutes Chainsbreaker White IPA
Beck's Premier Light
Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale
MGD 64
Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Beer
Michelob Ultra
Amstel Light
O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
Heineken Light
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Coors Light
iKi Yuzu
Corona Light
New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale
Tangerine Wheat Fruit Beer 
Fentiman's Traditional Ginger Beer
18 Healthiest Beers
The 10 Healthiest Beers
Beer vs Wine

Hacks

Tips and Tricks

Hangover Cures:

How to Detox Your Body by RehabCenter.com
Hangover Cures and Prevention
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Hangovers: 6 Easy Ways to Cure Your Symptoms
12 Chefs Reveal Their Secret Hangover Cures
>Drink at least two bottles/glasses of water before bed
>Eat something greasy (french fries are your friend)
>Get plenty of sleep
>Take a multivitamin before drinking

Make your $10 bottle of wine taste like at least a $45 bottle:

>Blend in a blender for 30 seconds to aerate it
>Pour the wine into a container with a "wide mouth" and let it sit for about 10 minutes
>SWIRL!
>Mull red wine
>Make sangria
>Add some fizz with seltzer or club soda
How to Make Crappy Wine Taste Good and Good Wine Taste Better
How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better
10 Hacks to Make a Box of Wine Taste Amazing

Accessories and More to Make Drinking Easier:

>Wine Bags

These are really useful, cute and important. They not only keep your wine safe and cold, but more often than not make really fun gifts for people.
Tube Socks as Wine Bags
(buzzfeed)
10 Homemade Wine Gift Bags
(SheKnows)

>Use frozen or chilled fruit to chill your wine or mixed drinks. This way, you get a bit of extra flavor, a cool drink and it won't get watered down by ice. Grapes, strawberries, blueberries are the best.
(imgur)

>Rapid chill bottles of beer, wine or liquor by wrapping the bottle in a cool, damp towel and then placing it in the freezer for about ten minutes.
(cremedelacraft)

>Fun for parties, gifts or a Saturday evening, flavor mini bottles of vodka with Skittles. You can even select flavor vodkas to compliment the Skittles flavors (vanilla, mandarin, citrus, etc.)
(complex)

25 Booze Hacks Ever Drinker Needs to Know

>Filter cheap vodka through a Brita Filter to make it taste better.

>Infuse fruit with vodka to make a nice boozy snack. Cut a hole inside of the desired fruit and insert a bottle of vodka. Keep the bottle in there until the bottle is empty. Keep the fruit in the refrigerator overnight and then enjoy the next day! 
(brainjet)

>Revive the fizz in a bottle of champagne by dropping a raisin in your glass and waiting a few minutes.

Let's Get Drunk! The Healthiest Ways to Drink Alcohol 

>A Red Solo Cup has measurements built in
(diply) 

21 Essential Drinking Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

18 Ingenious Drinking Hacks You Wish You Knew Earlier

Drinking on a Budget:

>When going out for drinks try and aim for Happy Hour or ask what the drink specials for the day are. This way you save yourself a few bucks and get to try something new.

>(bourbonbanter)

Pre-Drinking on a Student Budget

Drinking on a Budget: 10 Ways to Save Money on Booze

 Please drink responsibly!

 

How to Throw a Redneck Slumber Party

Ladie's Night is always a good time--unless it ends with crying, but let's try to avoid that. You go out with your girls to the club, bar or line dancing but what if you want to do an old fashion slumber party with your gal pals? Here are a few tips that you might want to take a gander at!

THE PREP:

Party prep is important. There's the guest list, inviting said guests, grocery shopping, clean up and the party set up.

1. Figure out who's gonna be there.

Whether you are simply having your two best friends over or a bachelorette party, get an idea of how many people you need to host and what their individual needs are. (food allergies, doesn't drink, Sally will gouge out Mary's eyes so keep them far away from each other, etc.)

2. Invite your guests.

Whether it's a FB invite, mass text or the old fashion send in the mail make sure to get the information of your party to your guests: when, where, theme, rules, what to bring, etc.

3. Grocery shopping

If you don't want to break the bank, making a slumber party a pot luck is always a good idea. However, if you plan on having a slumber party late at night then you want to get more snack foods than meals. Purchase pre made food trays if you don't want to be Betty Crocker, but making little things is great too. Select your recipes and make your shopping list!

4. Make drinks

If you want to make your slumber party 21+ prep your fun drinks the morning of your slumber party. You can make fun jello shots, Skittles vodka, etc. Pick out your booze and your recipes and get ready!

5. Set up

Put out food, drinks, plates, etc. Make sure everyone has a place to crash for the night too.

Fun Party Ideas:

1. Set up a Photo Booth.

Ask your girls to bring their best to the party to get dressed up fro a bunch of different photos. Get props too! If you girls dress up in your Redneck Couture, post the pics and tag us. We'll feature you on our social media!

2. Summertime Redneck Slip n Slide

If your slumber party takes place in the summer months and you're having some of the boys attend then this is always a fun activity. Set up a plastic tarp in the back yard. Use a hose and dish detergent to make it slippery. Have some wet n wild fun! Be careful!

(patheos.com)

3. Customize Mason Jars

Write each guest's name on a Mason Jar so that she can use it for her drinks throughout the night.

(thisnestisthebest.com)

4. Glow in the dark bubbles.

Need I say more? Check out the tutorial here!

(growingajeweledrose.com)

5. Make some makeup!

Using coconut oil and Kool Aid!

(allthingsfood.blogspot.com)

6. Set up a spa!

(blogger.com)

Don't forget to play some awesome music. Check out our available playlists and recipes to help you plan the perfect party.

Have fun!